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The luxury of designing your own bathroom is that your opportunities are endless. Within reason, depending on budget and space. Most people don’t realize how nice and convenient a built-in shower seat is until they have one. And then they wonder how they’ve lived without it for so long. In this blog post we are talking about built-in shower seat options and what to consider when you are designing your bathroom. 

We’ve discussed in previous posts how glass shower doors help make spaces look larger. When you walk into a bathroom the shower is the main focal point, and the eye is drawn towards the design of the shower. The tile layout, fixtures and functionality of the shower presents that your bathroom design was well thought out. A shower seat serves several purposes like a spot for shaving legs, a seat to relax in, and a place for toiletries. The universal benefits are convenient yet simple. 

 

Benefits of a Shower Seat

Convenience – a shower seat allows you to easily prop your leg up for shaving, store toiletries or just sit and relax while the steam fills up the shower walls. 

Relaxation – release the stress of the day by relaxing in the shower. A lot of people don’t like soaking in bathtubs, so shower seats are a perfect way to relax while enjoying the cascading flow of the water. A perfect way to unwind from a busy day. 

Aging – as we age and become less flexible and mobility becomes challenging, a shower seat is very helpful. By adding a few additional features like handrails and anti-slip mats, the shower seat is a smart choice. Think long term when designing your shower and also think about aging parents and guests. 

Spa-like Feel – give yourself a real spa-like feel with aromatic scents in your bathroom like eucalyptus. A functional shower seat helps achieve that goal. Positioning your shower seat close to the faucet allows you to adjust the temperature conveniently so you can sit comfortably and relax.

 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters helps homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

This week we are taking a look at some of our favorite bathroom, remodels. Here is a list of our top 5 before and after bathroom transformations. From vanities, custom showers to master bathrooms, you will be amazed at the results. 

Historic 1800’s home in Chicago, IL 

This 1800’s home underwent a complete remodel just six years prior; however, the contractor cut a few corners not utilizing all the space. With the toilet room removed, we created a spacious freestanding soaking tub with a luxurious glass steam shower. Floating vanities with vessel sinks and recessed mirrored medicine cabinets completed the transformation.

The dated master bathroom in Green Oaks 

A beautifully large upscale home with an outdated master bathroom needed an upgrade to help utilize all the space. By relocating the plumbing and electrical, we designed a plan that made sense for the large area. The custom “wet room” includes an oversized soaking tub plus a roomy shower. The previously separated double sinks now share a gracious vanity ending with a large linen cabinet that opens up the entrance. This is a renovation that will leave you, thinking that it can’t be the same space. 

Estate with Large Master in Riverwoods

Lacking space in the master bathroom, this sprawling estate-style ranch home had an oversized tub and a narrow vanity. With the removal of the enormous pink whirlpool tub, we installed a freestanding soaking tub, double vanity, gracious shower, and focal lighting. 

Odd shaped Master Bathroom in Park Ridge 

An elegant Park Ridge home, with a dated 1980’s tub that overtook a lot of space, was transformed with a contemporary look. With the removal of one of the vanities, it created space for a custom shower. The updated layout to this bathroom is befitting to the elegant home. 

 

Basement Bathroom Remodel in Long Grove

Unexpected broken pipes severely damaged the basement bathroom in this newer home. A complete remodel was done by expanding the vanity with custom shelves. This basement bathroom is worthy of an upper floor.

 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Choosing a new shower sounds straight-forward. In most large bathrooms, the shower is typically one of the main focal points. If it’s a glass shower, it draws the eye to the shower walls and tile. If you are in the phases of a complete bathroom remodel, you’ve most likely have had to review several different shower options.

The type of enclosure, whether glass or frosted glass, should be considered. Have you ever heard that you should draw inspiration for your bathroom designs from your favorite hotel bathrooms? This is the time to get creative and while making your newly remodeled bathroom super functional, have fun with it and think outside the box!

Glass Enclosed Shower
Whether fully enclosed with glass or partially enclosed, the glass helps make space feel larger. Floor-to-ceiling glass panels create a seamless transition between the shower and the rest of the bathroom. Choosing a rainfall showerhead helps give the overall shower design a statement look.

Types of glass enclosures:
Sliding doors
Fixed glass
Frosted glass
Hinged glass door
Folding glass door
Alcove – glass door with surrounding walls
Framed
Semi-framed – metal around the structure of the shower but the door itself does not have a frame
Bathtub door – partial door
Industrial – dark metal and frameless

Light-filled shower

Some bathrooms don’t offer natural light at all, so a glass enclosure helps brighten the space. If you have a window in the bathroom, designing around the window is a great advantage to having the natural light shine through. Choosing the right lighting and tile design can help amplify the brightness of the room, as well.

Steam shower

Taking your shower space to the next level by incorporating a steam environment is entirely possible. You can create a steam environment with the type of enclosure within the shower door and walls. Small windows that open help allow the air to circulate, but overall, the shower can serve two purposes- a shower and a steam room. Relaxation, right there in your home.

Round shower

Maybe you have never considered a round shower or corner shower; however, if you are going for a statement design, round showers will do it! A corner shower may help save on space while still giving your overall bathroom a statement look.

Open Shower

Very popular in modern spaces, open showers may have a partial glass wall or no wall at all. Spacious showers that are seamless with the floor are easily accessible and safer for kids and the elderly. They are wheelchair-accessible, minimal, and simplistic in design. Open showers or walk-in showers are versatile and can be easily customized with various flooring options, configurations, and types of doors.

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

We recently completed our second bathroom remodel for a Chicago area, Glenview home. Pleased with the master bathroom renovation, the Glenview family asked us to renovate the double vanity hall bathroom. We took the oak cabinets and pink tiled bathroom from 1990 to 2019.  

Remember the old style pull-on crystal looking faucet handles? Faucet designs have come a long way over the years, so we are going to walk you through fixture options and what to look for when designing on a budget. 

Consider the overall look and feel of your home. You may be inspired to do a modern and minimalistic look for your bathroom; however, if the rest of your home is traditional, that may not be the best route from a resale perspective. If you are a family with small children, consider more of a functional look and feel. Think about the tub and sink design as well and try and match the fixtures. 

Fixture Finish Options: 

Matte Black 

The Parkview family chose matte black fixtures, which are very popular with white walls. Overall the matte black look is trendy and can be found in sinks, walls, faucets, lighting, bathtubs, ceilings, and floors. Black matte is a bold look and a great option as it compliments modern and traditional designs alike.  

Copper

Copper Steampunk decor has become popular over the years. It is considered to have a masculine look but also is an excellent option in farmhouse decor. Dark walls tend to make copper stand out more. 

Chrome

A popular, traditional and standard look in a lot of kitchens and baths. Chrome is economical and comes in several styles. When designed with a fun color that pops, chrome stands out, giving your remodeled bathroom a clean and polished look.  

White

We recently wrote about porcelain tile but did not mention porcelain faucets. The combination of porcelain and nickel or chrome is a timeless option and is available in various styles. 

Brass

Brass faucets come in all shapes and sizes. Its striking finish, when complemented with a white sink, give it a unique and eye-catching look. Brass light fixtures pull the entire style together.  

Hands-free

Ever wonder why public restrooms have hands-free sink options? 1. It helps with water waste 2. It’s an excellent germ-free option, and 3. some are ADA compliant. Don’t rule the hands-free possibility out for your home. Touch-less faucets are perfect for smaller children and help eliminate unnecessary water waste. 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We also offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, listen to your specific needs and considerations, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Last week we discussed planning your bathroom remodel. In the next few blog posts, we are going to dig a little deeper and get specific with each aspect of the remodel. We are going to discuss lighting options, proper ventilation, and plumbing.  

Plumbing

Let’s get started with plumbing. Plumbing can increase the overall expense of the remodel if you decide to move the existing plumbing fixtures. You can save a lot of money by avoiding demolition and renovation of current plumbing lines. However, the caveat is if the contractor discovers old pipes or wiring that is damaged, you won’t have another option. If the plumbing requires replacement, then it would be an excellent time to make a move to a new location.  

Plumbers need to do what they do best- plumbing. It’s a good idea to ensure that the repairs are accessible. This means that the contractor has removed the drywall so that the plumber can get to the pipes. Lighting may also be an issue depending on where you are with the renovations. Make sure the plumber has adequate light. Ensuring that these things are considered will help make the process go smooth and cut down on additional costs.  

Some things to consider when maximizing your bathroom space: 

  • Pedestal sinks are a great way to help open up space and make the room look bigger. 
  • Pocket doors help maximize the floor space by sliding into the adjacent wall, unlike traditional doors.  
  • Glass shower doors help stretch visual space because you can see clearly through it without obstruction. 
  • Mirrors are а great way to make a space look bigger. One large mirror will help reflect natural light.

 

Lighting 

Bathroom lighting can illuminate the dark areas and add a subtle, soothing ambiance. Wall sconces above the vanity provide task lighting, which is excellent for makeup application and grooming. Backlighting is very popular and helps save on space. Mirrors are lit from behind, casting a warm glow on the abundant space.

Overhead and ambient lighting is very important. Think of your favorite bathroom from the last hotel stay or someone’s house you visited. Create a spa-like space when planning out your bathroom renovation. 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We also offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, listen to your specific needs and considerations, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Turning your dream bathroom into a reality can be done in a few simple steps. We are going to share a few tips that will help you do that. Careful planning to ensure functionality, amenities, and design, will help you get the bathroom you desire.  

 

The Plan

Is this a shared space? If so, you will want to discuss the remodel with the people that will use the bathroom to make sure you are all on the same page. Before speaking to a bathroom remodel professional, make sure you discuss budget and prioritize your list of wants and needs. Be realistic and set proper expectations. With any remodel, know that the process can take longer than expected and you must be prepared for the unexpected. It would be wise to allocate some of your budgets for those unexpected repairs. Once you have a solid plan in place, seek out a general contractor, or bathroom remodel professional to help with the next steps. 

Depending on the size of the project, a bathroom remodel can take anywhere from 30-90 days. 

Remodeling project managers have tools and programs to help you visualize your renovation. The project managers can help you with design elements, flooring, paint colors, cabinetry, lighting, and fixtures. They can also help manage all the vendors and installers. 

Bathroom Layouts

Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes. Typically most bathrooms have a toilet, sink, and tub. Half baths (also known as powder rooms or guest baths) usually have a toilet and sink. Half bath remodels can be a lot easier than a full bathroom remodel. It’s also a quick way to add profit and value to your home. Half baths are generally found in common areas of the house. 

In some homes, you might find a customized bathroom that may have an extra sink, custom cabinets, and floors or, other unique features. 

Wet rooms have become very popular and found in newer construction or remodels. What is a wet room exactly? A wet room is a waterproofed bathroom with a shower area that is the same level as the rest of the floor. Wet rooms are great as it could eliminate shower doors for a walk-in shower feel. Some people prefer an enclosure and glass partitions are great to reduce the over splash. Remember, if you choose to go the wet room route, the entire bathroom should be waterproof. 

Attached bathrooms, also known as ensuites, are connected to a bedroom. A master bedroom typically has an attached bathroom. You can find ensuites in a jack-n-jill bedroom layout as well. 

With bathroom remodels, you can get fun and creative. Since bathrooms are enclosed spaces, you don’t necessarily have to match with designs throughout the house. 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We also offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, listen to your specific needs and considerations, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Are you considering a bathroom transformation? We’ve got five critical things to consider before you dive into a major bathroom renovation. 

First, ask yourself, what are the significant reasons you are considering a bathroom remodel. Are you looking for more space? Do you need to improve the lighting? Is the bathroom simply outdated and you want an upgrade. 

 

1. Lighting 

Bathroom lighting is more important than you think. On average, people spend one hour per day in the bathroom. One-third of that time is spent directly in front of the mirror. It’s essential to decide whether or not you will need aesthetic lighting or functional lighting. Correctly placed lighting around the mirror for shaving or applying makeup can make a tremendous difference.  

2. Storage 

For smaller and more confined spaces, you’ll want to utilize as much of the area that you can. People often choose to install recessed medicine cabinets to help save on space. If space allows, people often decide to recess bathroom shelves for towel storage. If storage is important to you, carefully consider installing a vanity with plenty of drawer storage rather than doors. Drawers are easy to organize. 

3. Toilets 

Wall-mounted toilets have become very popular. It’s a great way to save on space, and the tank hides behind the wall. Wall-mounted toilets are affordable and make your bathroom space look updated and modern. Although the wall-mounted toilet is a significant consideration, be sure this is the route you want to take. Due to the way the toilets drain, if this is the route you are taking, know that it’s not as easy to revert to the floor-mounted option. It would require a complete rework of the plumbing supply. 

4. Shower Stalls 

This is where the remodel gets fun! Between frosted glass, tiled half wall or full glass wall, you have a lot of great options. Is privacy important? Do you need a door or could you consider a walk-in shower? Whether this is a DIY project or if you hire a contractor, ensure both experienced with all aspects of shower stall installation. If the shower is near a window, it’s important that the windowsill is sloped correctly. You’ll want to ensure everything near and around the shower is watertight. When it comes to shower floors, smaller tiles are best because of the traction and ease of slope installation. 

5. Bathtub or Shower? 

Are you a bath person? If you said yes to yourself, then a tub is something you need to put into the bathroom remodel plan. Do you have enough room for a shower tub combo? For some people, bathtubs are not a necessity and can help save on space. 

There is a lot to consider when thinking about a full bathroom remodel. Speak with a professional to share what you envision for your renovated bathroom. A project designer can help you come up with a solid and realistic plan and help you determine costs and help you stay within your budget. 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We also offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, listen to your specific needs and considerations, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Taking a Master Bathroom From 1988 to 2019

Let’s imagine it’s 1988, you’re driving down a quaint street in a beautiful Parkridge, IL and your mixed tape of love ballads is blasting out of your Pontiac Bonneville. You pull up to a lovely spacious home that sits on a tree lined street. The home is everything you dreamed of including a master bathroom designed for the riches. Thick glass blocks, make up the shower stall and a vanity with wall-to-wall mirrors. The adjacent walls are uniquely decorated with dusty pleated fabric that finishes the quintessential look. Truly a dream bathroom for any young couple. 

Masters Kitchen and Bath

Except it’s not 1988, you don’t drive a Bonneville, and the master bath isn’t a dream. It’s 2019 and this quintessential bathroom needs a major overhaul. 

How we transformed Amanda’s 1980’s Parkridge bathroom to a more 2019 updated style.

Masters Kitchen and Bath took an extremely outdated room from the 80s, complete with pink and green wallpaper, toilet and sink, and made it beautiful and modern.” – Amanda M. 

Phase 1 – Demolition and Relocation

After removing everything to the framing and the floor joists, we were able to reorganize the space to create a “wet room” in the back half.  With the glass block shower gone, the toilet was relocated to the middle of the bathroom at the end of the vanity.  

Phase 2 – The Transformation Begins

Next, a custom shower base was poured across the entire back half of the bathroom.  The base was covered with small decorative tiles to allow for a gentle pitch to the center drain.  The sidewalls were covered with large format commercial porcelain tiles and the gracious shower bench was tiled to match the walls.  The bench blended into the walls so well that it effectively disappeared.

One side wall was plumbed for the shower, and the other side fitted with an oversized free standing soaking tub placed under the window.  A heavy plate glass wall was installed to separate the wet room from the vanity area, and a chandelier placed over the soaking tub completed the look.

Phase 3 – New Look and Feel

With all of the visual obstructions gone, the bathroom is spacious and visually open.  Entry into the bathroom starts with a sleek chocolate stained double vanity with a white marble look Quartz top.  Large recessed medicine cabinets, framed to match the vanity, create an updated upscale look as well as ample storage.  A matching custom depth wall cabinet over the toilet was added for even more storage capacity.

 

“Masters did a terrific job on the remodel of our master bathroom.  Every step–from the initial consultation to delivery of the finished product–went smoothly.  The manager, designer and remodeler were extremely professional and responsive throughout–our emails and calls were returned within hours without fail.  The price we paid was exactly the price we were quoted. No surprises. The price is higher than elsewhere, but we got what we paid for. This was true one-stop shopping with excellent service and an excellent result.  We could not be happier with our bathroom!” – Amanda M. 

Masters Kitchen and Bath is a family owned business with a rich 30 year tradition of European craftsmanship.  We provide complete Kitchen and Bathroom remodeling services from design to completion.

Are you ready to transform your kitchen or bath? Schedule a consultation with us or visit our showroom at 1014 Busse Hwy, Park Ridge, IL 60068. 

We proudly serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights

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